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Artificial Tears

Artificial tears are used to moisten and lubricate dry eyes. They contain carboxymethylcellulose, dextran, glycerin, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate, polyvinyl alcohol, povidone, and propylene glycol. They are used in conditions causing burning, irritation, and discomfort to the eyes, and they also protect the eye from injury and infections.

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I have viral conjunctivitis. Should I protect the first affected eye from reinfection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41-year-old female and have been diagnosed with viral conjunctivitis by a specialist. My eye health is otherwise perfect (had them checked out a week before this came on). After a few days, it spread to the other eye. I expect the first eye will heal first, even though the secon...  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I reviewed your history. It seems from the history that you are having viral conjunctivitis involving both the eyes. Coming to your first question, viral conjunctivitis remains infective in the initial three to five days hence no need to worry about the reinfection f...  Read Full »

I am suffering from dry eye syndrome. Kindly advise.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been dealing with dry eye syndrome, and it is becoming quite uncomfortable. Can you share information on the effectiveness of artificial tears in managing dry eyes? How frequently should they be used, and are there specific considerations or types of artificial tears that work be...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Artificial tears are often the first line of treatment for dry eye syndrome. They help lubricate the eyes, alleviate discomfort, and maintain eye moisture. Here is some information on their effectiveness, usage frequency, and specific cons...  Read Full »

Will accidental contact of pest spray in eyes affect my vision even after rinsing immediately?

Query: Hello doctor, I accidentally got Amdro indoor pest killer in my eyes. I immediately rinsed it out and continued to do so for 15 minutes under the tap water. Will the spray affect my vision?  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems from the history that a pest killer went into your eye, and you have immediately washed the eye for 15 minutes. It is a good thing you have done by washing the eye. This is the first line of treatment, and you have done it. The next mode of treatment depends...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis disease and it is chronic. My father has glaucoma. I have been using steroid eye drop. They are Fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension and Restasis eye drop. I have been having this eye problem since about two years. I am attach...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The recommended treatment for Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis (TSPK) typically involves the use of artificial tears and topical corticosteroids, which you are currently using. In addition, topical Cyclosporine (Restasis) and the use of soft contact lenses ma...  Read Full »

After conjunctivitis, I have blurred vision. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I got conjunctivitis seven days back. I had red-eye with eyelid swelling. I used Moxifloxacin hydrochloride from the very first day, every 2 hours. Then I started Fluorometholone four times a day and Cyclosporine three times a day. And now, for two days, I got blurred vision. Redness ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I reviewed your history. It seems from the history that you are having conjunctivitis and you are on treatment with Moxifloxacin and Fluorometholone. The presence of blurring of vision indicates involvement of cornea in the form of keratoconjunctivitis. This usually occ...  Read Full »

What could be causing a red spot to develop after my eye injury?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband's eye got hurt with my finger accidentally. Now his eye hurts and can barely open. There is a red spot on the white area of his eye. What do we do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anand Yattinamani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your finger might have hit the eyeball blood vessels. These vessels can bleed due to trauma and can cause a subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding behind the conjunctiva thereby causing a red eye). This does not cause any major problems and resolves on its own in a week. Ot...  Read Full »

How can you manage dry eye disease (DED)?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother will be 71 years old in the next four months. She is about 60 inches tall and weighs about 132.28 pounds. She suffered from an ischemic stroke four years ago. Currently, she has the following disturbing health conditions: -severe eye pain with gritty feeling in her eyes, forgetf...  Read Full »

Dr. Shachi Dwivedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Kindly upload a picture of both her eyes. And when she sleeps, do her eyes close entirely or remain slightly open? I want these details for proper treatment. I hope this information will help you. Thanks.  Read Full »

What are the possible causes of blepharitis?

Query: Hi doctor,I had psychosis a while ago. I washed my eyes under tap water from the sink, and also, I was using some artificial tears that did not expire but were opened and were not used for a year. Kindly tell me if there is a higher chance of getting blepharitis or blepharoconjunctivitis from tap wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Shachi Dwivedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Blepharitis does not occur due to contamination with tap water or eye drops. It occurs because the meibomian glands, which are the oil-secreting glands of the lid, get clogged and are subsequently infected by bacteria. This occurs becau...  Read Full »

I use artificial tears for my dry eyes. Will it cause any danger to my sight?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 66 years old. I have psoriasis, and it can break out around my face and eyes. I also have dry eye issues and use Thera tears. At the time, I have a lot of eye pain. I should even say I use a CPAP at night at that is when it gets the worst. To the point, I can wake up and hear my ey...  Read Full »

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fear that you have severe dry eye and using artificial tears will not be enough. First of all, you should start using the artificial tears every hour during the day and last time about an hour or 30 minutes before sleep. You could also try using a thicker type of l...  Read Full »

I am unable to open my eyes without lubricant. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My right eye does not feel normal. Without lubrication, I cannot open my eye in the morning, and when I blink, I feel sensitivity in the eye. I am currently using Xl-ha eye gel.  Read Full »

Dr. Hussein Ayoub

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think you have diagnosed yourself. You have a dry eye, usually accompanied by an allergy. Please send me a clear picture of both your eyes, and I will send you the treatment.  Read Full »

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